A museum is a great place to start if you want to learn about a country, its history and culture. There are so many of them though! Where to start?
It’s likely that every city you visit will have several museums. How do you know which are the best to visit? Well, this depends on what interests you, how much time you have and what your budget is.
If art fascinates you, you can visit a museum that displays work from the country’s most prominent artists. Or maybe there’s an exhibition by one of your favourite artists at one of the art museums!
If you’re travelling with children, you may want to visit a museum that’s full of interactive activities.
If you’re travelling on a shoestring, then you might want to check out some of the free museums.
If you want to see something that’s a little quirky or different, there may be a small museum in the city that’s unique.
How do I find out about all of these different museums?
If you like to plan your holiday in advance, you can do some online research. This is a great way to see which museums a city has, and which ones are likely to interest you the most.
We’ve already talked in a previous lesson about another source of information that’s great for tourists. That’s right: Tourist Information! The Tourist Information office will have lots of leaflets and brochures about the different museums in the city. If you have any questions, remember you can ask a tourist information officer to help you. They’ll have lots of great advice for you.
Don’t forget…you can also ask a local for their recommendations. A good question to ask is, “What’s the most interesting museum in the city?” Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, “What’s the most unusual museum here?” You never know what you might find!
Did you know…? In Helsingborg, Sweden, there’s a museum called ‘The Museum of Failure’. It specialises in the worst products that were invented by some of the world’s most successful companies!
Once you’ve made the decision about which museum to visit, there’s some vocabulary that will be useful when you buy your ticket.
Look at the dialogues below and take note of any words that are new or unfamiliar in this context.
A: Good afternoon, would you like an adult ticket?
B: No, thank you. I need a concession ticket.
A: Are you a student?
B: Yes, here’s my student ID.
A: Thank you. That’s £5, please.
B: Here you go. What time does the museum close?
A: The museum closes in one hour. You’re very lucky! Last admission is at 5pm, so you got here just in time.
A: How much does it cost to buy tickets for two adults and two children?
B: Adult tickets are £7 each and £2 each for children.
A: Do you offer any discounts?
B: Yes. A family ticket only costs £15. You will save £3 if you buy a family ticket.
A: That’s perfect, thank you.
A: One adult ticket, please. Does a standard ticket include the Egyptian exhibition?
B: No. The Egyptian exhibition is temporary, so it is not included with a standard ticket.
A: How much extra does it cost?
B: A standard ticket is £5. If you want to see the Egyptian exhibition too, it’s £12.
A: Ah. That’s quite expensive.
B: If you’d rather only see the Egyptian exhibition, then the ticket is £7.
A: That’s perfect. I’ll take a ticket for the Egyptian exhibition, please.